New York Times Highlights Non-Traditional Library Lending Programs
The New York Times
recently published an article outlining how libraries are working to better serve their communities through non-traditional lending programs, makerspaces and much more. Whether it's lending out a ukelele from
Sacramento Public Library's Library of Things program
or strengthening math and literacy skills through the
Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center
, the diversity of library services and collections are evolving to meet shifting community needs.
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San Diego Opens First Public Library Biotech Lab
September 1 marked the grand opening of a new public biotech laboratory in the La Jolla-Riford branch of the
San Diego Public Library (SDPL)
. The opening event, led by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Congressman Scott Peters, celebrates the new exploratory space as the first ever biotech lab housed within a public library.
The public can now access a host of new high tech equipment for analyzing and investigating the life sciences, such as microscopes, DNA copying machines, and a 3D printer. During the lab's grand opening, local middle school students, led by volunteer scientists from the
San Diego Wet Lab
, conducted experiments in extracting DNA from vegetable cells.
During the opening, Mayor Faulconer also praised SDPL for providing a service that will help nurture innovation in the San Diego area.
"We do a lot of great research here in San Diego and our public libraries are on the forefront of making us the world-class city that we are," said Mayor Faulconer. "And starting today our libraries are going to add one new great aspect to it, and that's helping to boost our creativity and our creative spirit."
to learn more about the SDPL biotech lab.